The Great Easter Egg Hunt
Easter has never been a particularly big event in our house. Most years it has passed us without so much as an Easter egg being exchanged. Pre-children, obviously. But with a 2, going on 3 year old toddler, Easter suddenly feels like the type of thing you make a bit of a big deal about. The chocolate. The eggs. The cute bunnies. The excuse to run around the garden with bunny ears on, hunting for hidden treasures, and that’s just the adults im talking about. Kidding.
But in all seriousness, I’m almost excited about Easter as I was about Christmas last year. Especially now that we finally have our own house, with a proper and decent sized garden. So I wanted to make a bit of a big deal about it and have decided to host #TheGreatEasterEggHunt at ours for the little lady and all of her six, yes that’s right, SIX cousins, ranging from age 2 to 13. We decided that since we were planning to do an Easter egg hunt for the little lady we may as well invite all of her cousins and make a bit of an event out of it. Besides, the little lady will love nothing more than running around the garden with them, they are after all some of her favourite little people in the world. So I have my work cut out for me, but I’m really looking forward to pulling something spectacular together for the little ones and wanted to share my five steps for creating a fun and magical hunt this Easter!
I have a big thing for invitations and more generally writing stationery. Seriously. Any excuse to send an invitation or a thank you card then I will. No Christmas, Birthday, Christening or family event goes without some kind of card going out, and what better way to generate some excitement for an Easter egg hunt amongst the little ones than for them to receive a cute personal invite. I usually tend to favour invites printed on beautiful, heavy bespoke card, but I thought it might be a little bit much so instead have designed some beautiful einvites with Paperless Post who I’ve used a few times over the years when we’ve had more informal events like this one. They have lots of lovely Easter designs that you can create online for no/minimal cost quickly. Need I say more?!
2. Easter Egg Hunt Kit, Decorations & Props
No Easter egg hunt would be complete without a good Easter egg hunt kit, lovely decorations and a few fun props to help the little ones find their way to the treats. Luckily, I picked up this lovely Easter bunny garden sign and an Easter hunt kit from Waitrose on sale at the end of Easter last year. I was also smart enough to keep hold of the pretty pastel honeycomb pom poms from the little lady’s second birthday last summer so surprisingly I already have half of what we need. Without realising how organised I was, I picked up some more little wooden Easter egg hunt signs from Waitrose a couple of weeks ago because they were too cute not to put in the basket and a bargain at only £1 each. I think more is definitely more where an Easter egg hunt is concerned.
3. Bunny Ears
Bunny ears are another Easter egg hunt must have. I can’t imagine anything sweeter than little ones running around garden with bunny ears and baskets looking for treats. I havent picked any up yet, but there are lots of lovely ones that I’ve seen in Waitrose and Not On The High Street like these Pastel Bunny Ears by The Easter Home and these cute card Bunny Ear Hats from Little Lulubel. Personally I think bunny ears are practically obligatory as part of an Easter egg hunt, and if I could I’d probably make them all wear fluffy bunny tails too.
4. Traditional Wicker Baskets / Personalised Totes Bags
The Easter egg hunt kit that I picked up from Waitrose has some lovely little card baskets that come with it that you can make up, but I quite like the idea of the children having traditional little wicker ones or some lovely canvas totes ones like the adorable ones I’ve seen from Not On The High Street by Minna’s Room and Andra Fay’s. I can’t quite decide whether I want to go modern or traditional with the baskets!
5. Eggs & Easter Treats
Of course no Easter egg hunt would be complete without some chocolate eggs to find. Although there does increasingly seem to be a trend of giving non chocolate Easter treats to little ones, with lots favouring Easter baskets as a lovely alternative. I’ve also noticed the rise of empty and fillable plastic eggs for Easter egg hunts. However, I do think that chocolate eggs are half the fun of an Easter egg hunt, and I think a six year old me would have been horrified and very confused at finding a plastic egg instead of a chocolate one. But like any parent I do inwardly groan when the little lady is inundated with chocolate, so our Easter egg hunt will be a combination of the yummy chocolate eggs in the picture which we picked up from Waitrose and a few surprise toy treats like these cute little bird whistles and fun temporary tattoos which I’ve ordered from Party Kitsch for the little ones to find and put in their baskets. How cute are these little nests too that I found in Waitrose, I cant wait to hide the eggs in these all around the garden!
I cant wait to see the little lady’s face light up when I tell her on Good Friday that she has an Easter egg hunt in the garden to discover with all her cousins. Hopefully I’ll be able to capture some decent snaps of all the fun on the day, so look out for a follow up post in a few weeks time!
Are you planning an Easter egg hunt this year for your little ones, have you planned Easter egg hunts in the past, or are you doing something completely different this year? What Easter tips would you share?